A subsidiary of Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding, part of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), has completed the conversion and delivery of the floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) LNG Croatia to GoIar LNG
Hudong Zhonghua reported this is the first time a Chinese shipbuilder has completed such a complex conversion, marking a milestone for CSSC in the process of addressing the entire LNG industry chain, from R&D and construction to repair.
The conversion for Golar LNG was undertaken by Hudong Zhonghua and its subsidiary Shanghai China Resources Dadong Shipping Engineering Co.
Golar LNG inked a deal with Croatian LNG developer LNG Hrvatska to convert Golar Viking, which entered the shipyard in January 2020. Built in 2005, Golar Viking has a capacity of 140,000 m3. Golar will operate the vessel for a minimum of 10 years.
Among the upgrades and modifications performed for the conversion, Hudong Zhonghua installed a seawater heating system in the bow area and bow-deck regasification module. Other modifications included a dual-fuel power station and boil off gas treatment system, central gas supply system, a newly built stern set consisting of three generators and one gas combustion unit, an integrated automation system of its enginerooms and installation of two sets of high-voltage switchboards of 6.6 kW fore and aft.
Formerly Golar Viking, the FSRU was renamed LNG Croatia and will be deployed on Krk Island in the northern Adriatic Sea of Croatia to provide natural gas to local power plants.
In another notable conversion, Hudong Zhonghua said it will complete the modifications to 15,000-TEU container ship to LNG dual-fuel power in January 2021.
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